Berlusconi doubts Guardiola will join AC Milan

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have been handed an apparent boost in their respective pursuits of Pep Guardiola, after AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi revealed he doubts the former Barcelona manager will move to the San Siro.

Guardiola sparked renewed speculation about his next destination on Monday after stating at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala that he intended to return to management in time for next season.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are are all reported to be interested in acquiring the services of Guardiola but, it would appear, AC Milan is unlikely to be the 41-year-old's next destination.

Berlusconi admits he has contacted Guardiola about the possibility of succeeding current manager Max Allegri, but does not expect the former Barcelona midfielder will chose a move to Milan.

"[You ask] if Allegri will stay at Milan next season? I have to say the truth? Please, ask me another question," Berlusconi said, according to The Times.

"I always tried to bring him [Guardiola] to Milan, because over the last [few] years because Barcelona played the best football. We contacted him, but he said he wanted to stay in a sabbatical.

"He said that at Milan he’d have fun and felt admiration towards me, and appreciation for the Lake Como, where I could offer a beautiful villa. At this moment, I have to say the percentage for him to come to Milan is very low."

This would seem to leave the Premier League as Guardiola's most likely next stop and, according to The Mirror, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are all contenders to sign him.

Roman Abramovich has long been an admirer of Guardiola will surely strive to bring him to Chelsea, while Sir Alex Ferguson has outlined the Catalan as a potential successor at Old Trafford.

Manchester City, meanwhile, have recently recruited former Barcelona executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, which has led to speculation Guardiola could move to the Etihad Stadium.

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